Flux and surprise have become the new norm.
This is the era where reality TV personalities become presidential front-runners and Academy Award hosts call out Hollywood. Just when you think you've seen it all, there's a new twist.
Making sense of this, is challenging, to say the least. But here are three key points that may help in understanding an era of convergent disruption -- multiple disruptive forces operating roughly simultaneously.
Convergent disruption was among the main themes at the recent Brigadoon conference. The annual invitation-only event at Robert Redford's Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah assembles entrepreneurs and thought-leaders to exchange insights and foster creativity. This year, the speakers discussed disruption and the future of TV news, disorder around communications strategies from top national government agencies, bold, new creative strategy applications and jolting ideas around territorial borders. Among the major insights were:
1. New Powerati
There is a new elite that is forming. They will come from areas previously considered outside the mainstream and possess an array of new skills that include being able to motivate, connect and organize the public. This applies to both the public and private sector. The powerati will come from different levels of academic institutions, and sometimes from no institution. There will be a merging of the savvy old-school with a bold new school that will make for not simply new leaders but new conglomerates that will drive, shift, and re-shape conversations. That's because cultural hierarchy, overall, is being flattened and re-defined. Technology has led to the rise of the digital voice. There are fewer news filters and wider access to information.
2. Rejecting Establishment